In summer or shoulder season, there’s nothing better than a water-view hike or one that ends up at a beach for lounging and swimming. From the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean and places in between, these are our favorites.
You’ll be shocked to hear we were outside
An unscientific journey to test Spy's new Discord shades
Heatstroke deaths are common and preventable. Here’s how to make safe decisions when you’re exercising in the summer.
The tough and maneuverable Roadie 48 is a winner
It’s light, durable, and breathable. What more do you want?
All-star garb for aquatic adventure
We’re for an official mandate: make this the season of long weekends. To help you out, we found the most fun new summer adventures.
The store isn’t just good for bulk buys or $1.50 hot dog combos. There are some great outdoor deals, too.
Here are the nine pieces from the 2022 Summer Gear Guide that our gear editors are obsessing over
We reviewed 341 pieces of gear. But these ones stood above.
341 products, 150-plus testers, and thousands of hours outdoors—this is your ultimate gear resource
The 440-mile route goes from the third-deepest lake in the U.S. to the jagged peaks of the North Cascades and the tulip-filled Skagit Valley
These seven destinations are the perfect summer base camps, with plenty of adventure on and off the water
It’ll take some miles to reach these eight remote, high-elevation lakes, but what better way to cap off a strenuous trek than diving into cool, crystal-clear water?
Across the country, hard-to-nab spots are sitting vacant. How do we make sure these coveted spaces aren’t going to waste?
Forget waking up at dawn to save your spot or navigating through crowds on Main Street. These coastal destinations are all about empty stretches of sand, activities for everyone, and ocean-view rooms that don’t break the bank.
It’s February, which means you’d better start reserving campsites for August now. We have a few tips for you.
Working as a camp counselor teaches you important skills that could jump-start your career
Hardcore cyclists are repulsed when a guy rides naked from the waist up. Why? During a long, sweltering summer, our writer defied the haters, risking all to bring blissful freedom to his sweaty torso.
Sprays, lotions, wipes, apparel, and devices to keep mosquitoes, ticks, and flies at bay
Summer is fleeting
We asked a pediatrician for advice on getting outside safely when temperatures soar
Merino wicks moisture, dries quickly, and is comfortable against the skin. These are my favorite pieces to sweat in.
Versatility is the name of the game with these yet to be released items
Our Outdoor Retailer Gear of Show picks are all items that make life outside easier
When COVID-19 hit, one Outside editor found solace in an unexpected hobby
It’s obviously summer
These pieces have been in heavy rotation for years
As events as big as the Olympic Trials get rescheduled because of heat, we went to the science to find out how you should decide when it is too hot to run safely
Thanks to the rise of engineered parks, it’s now easier than ever to learn to surf a wave in a kayak
Your body will thank you
We found the best places to pitch your tent in all 50 states, so you don’t have to.
Summer is here. This is what we’re using to stay cool—in every sense of the word.
Thanks to these boots, hiking went from painful to pure bliss
Crowds, lines, and permits. Here’s how to visit a park this summer without melting down.
Your hydration needs are as unique as your training schedule. Here are four picks for every kind of run.
When it comes to summer spins, a light, breathable kit can make all the difference
Stay healthy by protecting yourself from the sun
You don’t have to head to Europe to hike to a backcountry chalet. Here are the most spectacular stateside options, ranging from rustic to full-service experiences.
A shortage of places to camp is hurting the environment and limiting diversity in the outdoors. But there are some innovative solutions on the table.
Gear up for summer adventures with these killer deals
From surfing the coast of Maine to exploring slot canyons in Utah, these adventures will make the whole family happy
Tools to give anyone a green thumb
From a trail in Isle Royale National Park with spectacular views to a hike that hits four 6,000-foot peaks in 30 miles, these are our favorite classic routes in the U.S.
Our country’s open spaces are a sanity-saving antidote for this writer
Anticipating even bigger crowds this summer than last, public-lands officials have been grappling with how to manage the masses. For many, that’s meant introducing permit systems. But is limiting access the only solution?
Thanks to their proximity, these Airbnbs book up fast. Make your summer reservation now.
After a long year of staying put during COVID-19, families are dreaming of spring breaks and summer vacations. But should you book that flight? Our experts weigh in.
Permits, education, and increased fees are all on the table as possible solutions
Finding hiking pants for my curvy body was a lifelong struggle, until I tried Fjällräven’s High Coast Lite trousers
The best women’s denim for pandemic spring
Snag some of the best spots to pitch a tent during peak season
Think you already know everything about our nation’s most iconic park? Think again. There’s so much beyond its famed Yosemite Valley, from seldom visited waterfalls to the underappreciated backcountry beyond Tuolumne Meadows.
Sleep in a Navajo Nation earth home, a vintage camper, or a dome tent, all just a short drive to the South Rim
This Maine destination is a place of rugged coastal wonders and an immersion in Down East culture
Welcome to Minnesota, the Land of 10,000 Lakes and home to the Boundary Waters. Our 62 Parks Traveler found her own private island at her 28th stop on her quest to visit every national park in the U.S.
Our advice on which park to visit each month of the year to see peak wildlife, foliage, and flower blooms—and to avoid the crowds
A socially distant competition can be just the right amount of motivation
After a summer of testing, here are our favorite tools
From Washington to California, here are nine of our favorite short treks along the famous route
Work life got turned upside down this year, and many people are just thankful they have any job at all. But some companies have gone above and beyond to not just survive, but thrive.
Not only do we use this stuff for 130 days every summer—we're not exactly nice to it in the process
The ursine inhabitants of the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center test dozens of containers each year to see if they're worthy of bear-proof certification
This pastoral stretch of the Southern Appalachian mountains in Virginia is packed with hiking, fishing, road biking, and other adventures—if you know where to look
As summer gives way to fall, these are the items that our staff has been reaching for time and again
Given that most of us have stayed put for the past few months, the Outside staff came up with some exciting ways to make the most of being on the home front. Puppy, anyone?
Having fun on an overnight adventure with your kids is all about preparation
Fall is the perfect time to get out there
Make the most of the warm days with these river and lake essentials
There's a reason everyone's been wearing them the past few months
The books, TV shows, podcasts, and music that our editors couldn't stop talking about last month
From international hot spots to backyard breaks, here's where you’ll find the reigning women's world surf champ riding waves
This will be the best $10 you ever spend. Trust me.
You can make backyard-style meals wherever your adventure itch takes you
The ins and outs of staying clean (and safe) at camp